Plumbing

Plumbing

Learn how to install and repair water distribution and sanitary drainage systems, as well as hot water heating systems.

Start Date:
September
Duration:
1 Year
Credential:
Certificate
Delivery:
Full-time (In-class)Part-time (Combined In-class/Online)
Locations:
+Locations & Availability
September 2018 Annapolis Valley Campus • Middleton • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Institute of Technology Campus • Halifax  • Waitlist New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Kingstec Campus • Kentville • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Marconi Campus • Sydney • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}. Pictou Campus • Stellarton • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.
Part-timeInstitute of Technology Campus/Online • Halifax • Seats available New applications may be waitlisted until {0} 20{1}.

Program Overview

Trained plumbers are always in demand. Every home and building relies on a plumber to pipe fresh water in and pipe waste water out. This is a good career for a hardworking person who likes to solve problems. You receive training in the installation and repair of water distribution and sanitary drainage systems, as well as hot water heating systems. All tasks are taught according to plumbing code and recognized trade standards.

i Student Highlights are comments provided by students about their experiences. Students also share information that they think will help future students learn more about the program. Highlights reflect individual experiences (which can vary by student).

Student Highlights

  1. 1
    Favourite"Working in the shop."
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    Good To Know"How physically demanding it is, with carrying, cutting, and assembling heavy piping and digging."
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    Cool Activity"We had to set up a bathroom from start to finish, all the way from putting the drainage in to installing the fixtures and water supply."

Admission Requirements

  • High School Graduation Diploma or equivalent.

Choose NSCC

  • This program is a first step towards certification in the Plumber trade. To become certified, you must register as an apprentice with Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency (NSAA). Once registered, you can transfer credit from this program towards your apprenticeship.
  • This program gives you a solid foundation in plumbing and prepares you for many different areas of work – from the manufacturing industry and institutional maintenance, to the service industry, sales and plumber apprentice.
  • Continue your studies at university. This program includes courses that count towards a university degree. Find out more.

Employment Opportunities

  • Many areas of the plumbing field, including construction industry, manufacturing industry, service industry, maintenance and repair, construction estimating and plumbing supply sales.
  • Learn more about labour market information – visit Career Options.

Part-time Study

  • This program is available for part-time study. You complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at Institute of Technology Campus. No additional campus locations are available.
  • When applying for part-time study, you must meet all the admission requirements.
  • Once admitted, you are referred to a campus for course selection.
  • The time to complete the program through part-time study is two years.
  • Tuition for part-time study is calculated on a per-course basis and is paid at the beginning of each term.

Student Success

Other Info

  • Chemical Use – If you are chemically sensitive, it is important to note that chemicals (petroleum products) and lubricants are commonly used in the Plumbing trade.
  • Certification with a Red Seal – Plumber is a designated trade in Nova Scotia. Graduates who complete an apprenticeship program in this trade are eligible to write the provincial certification exam, receive their certification and Red Seal. The Red Seal allows certified tradespersons to practise the trade in any province or territory in Canada – where the trade is designated – without having to write further examinations.
  • You require a Certificate of Qualification issued by the NSAA to legally work in the Plumber trade in Nova Scotia.
  • Safety Training – This program places a high importance on providing you with skills and knowledge to work safely in industry. You participate in a number of introductory safety awareness courses to prepare for employment.
  • Many employers in this industry require a current, official Criminal Record check as part of the hiring process. A conviction on your criminal record may impact your ability to secure employment.

Courses May Include

Course descriptions
Code Course
COMM 1227   Communications I
COMM 1228   Communications II
PLGP 1000   Safety, Tools, Equipment and Rigging
PLGP 1001   Ferrous Piping
PLGP 1002   Non-Ferrous Piping
PLGP 1003   Blueprint Reading and Interpretation I
PLGP 1004   Introduction to Drainage Systems
PLGP 1006   Introduction to Venting Systems
PLGP 1007   Introduction to Water Supply
PLGP 1008   Introduction to Plumbing Appliances, Fixtures and Trim
PLGP 1009   Introduction to Hydronic Heating
PLGP 1100   Work Experience
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act

Additional Graduation Requirements

Milestone
Introduction to Confined Space
Introduction to Fall Arrest / Fall Protection
Introduction to Hazard Identification
Introduction to Lock Out / Tag Out
Portfolio Development
Standard First Aid, CPR Level A
Workplace Mentoring I

Next Steps

  1. 1

    Visit NSCC

    Visit NSCC » Campus Tour
  2. 2

    Application Process

    Who Can ApplyHow to Apply
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